The Five-Year-Old makes a Christmas list

Every kitty reporter worth her salt needs an old-timey typewriter just like this. (Image via Wikipedia)

One night as The Five-Year-Old kicked up her feet in her favorite chair, her thoughts naturally turned to Christmas.

The Five-Year-Old: “Daddyo, for Christmas I want an erector set, a typewriter, two kittens, and an alarm clock.”

Daddyo: “Why do you want a typewriter for Christmas? I was really surprised by that.”

The Five-Year-Old: “Because it’s my lifelong dream to be a kitty reporter.”

Daddyo: “What kind of stories are you going to write?”

The Five-Year-Old: “Oh, I’m going to write mystery newspapers. I’ll just make them up.”

About Shala Howell

I spent two decades helping companies like Bell Labs, Juniper Networks, and a genetic testing company that was later acquired by CVS translate some of the world’s most complicated concepts into actionable, understandable English. Now I'm working on a much harder problem -- fostering children’s curiosity and engagement in the scientific, artistic, and linguistic world that surrounds them. The first book in my Caterpickles Parenting Series, What’s That, Mom?, focuses on how to use public art to nurture children’s curiosity in the world around them. My next book will focus on science, and how parents without a science degree can answer their curious child's questions without enrolling in a college level refresher course. In the meantime, you can find me blogging about life with a very curious Eleven-Year-Old at, chatting about books and the writing life at, and tweeting about books, writing, science, & things that make me smile at @shalahowell.
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